A nurse’s TikTok video came under fire by social media users for advising viewers that diet and exercise was a better way to tackle stress/anxiety over drugs and alcohol.
The video in question was posted as a comment to a disgruntled Twitter account’s tweet blasting the nurse’s advice for STD prevention: waiting until marriage, saying “The best way to prevent STDs is waiting for sex until marriage. Just the truth,” as she dances.
The tweet, which was also posted by another registered nurse, read “So tired of nurses acting a fool on their large platforms. Promoting irresponsible and biased rhetoric regarding public health in an effort to go viral is so low and so so dangerous. Abstinence teaching does not equate to safe sex. So here’s my response”
So tired of nurses acting a fool on their large platforms. Promoting irresponsible and biased rhetoric regarding public health in an effort to go viral is so low and so so dangerous. Abstinence teaching does not equate to safe sex. So here’s my response 🤷🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/vTlX5KbvCK
— Sarah, RN (@shesinscrubs) January 12, 2020
The tweet went viral and attracted plenty of comments.
One such comment drew attention to her biases, saying “She’s so biased and unprofessional. I Can’t believe she is giving this kind of advice. Doesnt help with the mental illness stigma AT ALL.”
She's so biased and unprofessional. I Can't believe she is giving this kind of advice. Doesnt help with the mental illness stigma AT ALL. pic.twitter.com/VCYy97RAzi
— Dani💖 @ Ko-fi doing Mei 🍈 zings! (@danistocking_) January 13, 2020
Others targeted her Christian beliefs and their application to nursing.
In the video relating to stress and anxiety, Nurse Holly recommends water over alcohol, plenty of sleep over late night partying, and exercise over drugs with plenty of Jesus.
No joke, had a doctor tell me my agoraphobia, anxiety and PTSD didn’t require therapy or medication. But instead, it was my own fault for not believing in god/Jesus
— Juke Jones (@jukexjones) January 13, 2020
If a nurse tried to talk to me about Jesus I’d literally punch her and ask for a new one no one wants your unsolicited religious views
— Madd (@maddieabowenn) January 13, 2020
I really hate her face.
— victoria 🌙 (@bellag0th) January 13, 2020
YEAH BECAUSE PRAYING IS REALLY GOING TO HELP MY ANXIETY KAREN
— Casi (@ccartistryy) January 13, 2020
As someone who deals with stress and anxiety this video makes me sick. She is minimising how complicated mental health can be just to get some likes.
I wish her shitty advice worked. Then it would be so simple to get out of this horrible mind I'm trapped in.
— Meep (@ithim_uibheacha) January 13, 2020
In spite of the negativity spouted at Nurse Holly, there were comments deriding the accounts upset at her advice.
Degenerates are mad a registered nurse advises sleep and exercise to deal with depression rather than drugs and alcohol. https://t.co/ZM1JkrZUL7
— I,Hypocrite (@lporiginalg) January 14, 2020
According to Business Insider, the video prompting the viral tweet has now been deleted.
Holly Grace, who goes by the name “Nurse Holly,” has an immensely popular TikTok account, amassing around 1.7m followers.